Abuja, 21 November, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has said that the West African nation stands in need of a leader after the example of Jesus Christ, aware of the challenges of the people of God and prepared to make sacrifices for the common good, including laying down his or her own life.
In his Sunday, November 20 homily at Infant Jesus Parish of his Metropolitan See on the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said most challenges that Nigerians are facing stem from leaders who are not ready to suffer for the people.
“We need a Christ-like leader who is ready to lay down his life for us; knows our pains and sufferings and is compassionate and wants us to live socially well and to the fullest,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
He added, “Most of the troubles and sufferings that we go through in our nation today result from leaders who are not ready to suffer for the common good of the estimated 216 million Nigerians.”
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said he found it regrettable that instead of attending to the sufferings of the people, Nigerian leaders have gotten inside their comfort zone, and additionally diverted “the fortunes of the poor masses to their personal treasury, leaving the common purse empty.”